I am SO excited for this blog post! This was the MOST nervous and MOST excited that I think I have ever been to take pictures! So…on Thursday morning I packed up Paisley’s stuff and my stuff and headed off to Bethany Beach. About 3.5 hours and a crying baby later, we made it! I needed to make sure my plan was perfect, so I drove by Jessica’s (the future bride’s) parents’ house in a little community about 15 minutes from the beach so I knew where it was. Once I found it, I headed to Bethany to scout out the town and pick a spot for the proposal. If you haven’t been to Bethany Beach…man it’s tiny and crowded! Paisley and I went past the main attractions and found a spot that I was able to tell my brother about. I was so worried because the cell reception was terrible and there was a serious lag with the text messages. So…I waited. And Paisley played on the beach, running all over the place and playing in the sand. A messy baby is not really what you need when you’re stressed out and making sure that nothing goes wrong in preparation for a proposal. Anyways, I got a text that Stephen and Jessica would be leaving to go shopping at the boardwalk in about 30 minutes. I grabbed a slice of pizza and started to head to Jessica’s parents’ house. Once I got the text that they had left the house, I dropped Paisley off with Sheri and Barry (Jessica’s parents). Now…the stars really must have aligned because Paisley was totally okay with staying there. And off I went…
So I made it back to Bethany and told my brother that I was headed to “the spot.” I was going to be sitting on the walkway to the beach which is pretty high up and I was wearing a bright red cap so he’d be able to see me. I waited and waited…and I hadn’t heard from him! Now…the beach was super crowded and I thought that he was going to tell me when he was ready to start walking, but I guess it was too hard to send the secret text message. So…apparently I missed him! He saw me…even started waving his arms and I totally didn’t see him. Yes…Jessica thought he was losing it. Lol!
Stephen finally sent me the text that he was coming back past me. Right when I got the text I looked up and saw him and he saw me!! I RAN with my camera (and yes I left all my stuff on the bench…I know I’m too trusting) and this is what I saw…yes I was running while this was happening.
I made it, right in the perfect position…and it was a miracle everyone cleared up behind them and gave them their own private space on the beach. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking from here…So after the proposal, we took a couple of pics on the beach….but, I had to get some shots of that ring!!We went back to Jessica’s parents’ house to get a couple more shots before Stephen and Jessica headed to dinner. Thank you SO much for letting me capture this moment for you guys…I feel so honored to be a part of such a special moment in your lives. Jess, I LOVE you so much and I’m so happy that I am going to be your sister! Stephen…good job, we pulled it off, yay! You guys are my favorite!